DWACC September 2023 Newsletter
A Word from the Director

Hello Chamber Members!

I am in the new office at 321 N. Main Street, Suite 300 ~ with so many boxes to go through, getting things set up and meeting new neighbors, it has been very exciting and exhausting at the same time! 60 years of Chamber documentation and information, along with many event supplies were boxed up and I am excited to share with you the history of how the DeForest Development Corporation (circa 1963) has become the DeForest Windsor Area Chamber of Commerce!

The month of September has been proclaimed by Governor Evers as Chamber of Commerce Month and we are thrilled to share why we are so proud to represent our local businesses and why it it so important to shop and support our local businesses!

Our new mailing address:
PO Box 664
DeForest, WI, 53532

Enjoy the long holiday weekend!
Heike Compe

Welcome Megan Bornemann with MUZA Sheet Metal Company

MUZA Sheet Metal is a sheet metal fabricator and installer for architectural sheet metal, industrial ventilation, dust collection, wide variety of panel systems, and HVAC services. Home base is in Oshkosh, with a Grand Opening of their beautiful new facility
6391 Lake Road, Windsor on Thursday, September 14th at 12:30pm!

Welcome Darrin & Kim Senn, Owners & Heather Klang, Director
At The Koselig House we provide a full spectrum of daily services and are more than just a comfortable place to live. Our residents are encouraged to be active, eat well, participate socially, engage mentally, and live a purposeful life.

Chamber News & Events
Exciting news!

September is Chamber of Commerce Month in Wisconsin. Join us in celebrating the incredible contributions of local chambers to our communities! #WIChamberMonth

Check your email for events and promotions during our celebration of the Month of Chamber of Commerce!

Thank you for your continued support!
The DeForest Area was highlighted by WTV ~ watch the highlights here!
Thank you to all of our local representatives for sharing the amazing things happening in our community & Norski News!
DeForest Area School District

Village of Deforest

Living Communities by Don Tierney

Bear Tree Farms: Tim O'Brien Homes
Chamber September Lunch & Learn
Thursday, September 7th at the
DeForest Area School District Boardroom
500 S. Cleveland Avenue, DeForest
Join us on Thursday, September 7th for our monthly Lunch & Learn!

We will be at the DeForest Area School District Administrative Center to hear the upcoming events and projects for the school year! Learn how you as a stakeholder can get involved with the Framework for Our Future 3.5

Our Non-Profit presenting is Blessings in a Backpack!

11:45am - Networking 
12:00pm - Lunch served
12:05pm - Non-profit presentation: Blessings in a Backpack
12:15pm - Spherion Presentation/Q&A
12:50pm - Chamber Announcements
 1:00pm - End

The Dane Buy Local
Holiday Passport is Back!
The DeForest Windsor Area Chamber has partnered with Dane Buy Local again for our 3rd year with the Dane County Holiday Passport!
The program will be running from November 1 to December 17, 2023.
It's a customer-centric promotion designed to reward both new and returning customers for supporting local businesses.
Here's how it works for participants:
1. Download a passport
2. Make a purchase
3. Enter the drawings
Bonus entry: your customers' entries count twice in the weekly drawing for these dates:
1. November 25 - Small Business Saturday
2. December 1-3 Cambridge Christmas

As a participating business, you stand to gain numerous benefits from the Dane County Holiday Passport 2023:
Boost in holiday sales
Reach new customers
Encourage repeat customers
Increased visibility
There is no work on your end except to register! Customers send in their receipts to Dane Buy Local and they will handle all of the giveaways!

If you would like to provide a $25 gift card to give to weekly winners, please contact Heike

Last year 150 prizes were given out in 7 weeks!

Sign up ends September 7th!

Yahara River Fest 2023
Saturday, September 9, 2023
12pm to 4pm at Conservancy Commons Park
A fun-filled day of family-friendly activities!
Rubber Duck Decoration & Race
Wagon Rides
Fishing Games & Contest
Pumpkin Decorating
Pedal Powered Spin Art Bike
Live Music by Myles Talbott Dyad
Rock Climbing Wall
Petting Zoo - DAHS FFA
Face Painting - DAHS Drama Club
Performance Stage
Activities by DeForest Area Public Library and more!
Food Cart Line Up
Curt's Popcorn ($)
Panchos Tacos ($)
Any Street Grill ($)
Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream ($)
Hot Dog Kids Meal provided by Deforest Area Rotary Club
Chamber of Commerce Leadership Series begins September 20th!

We are so excited to present our Leadership Series for Fall 2023!

The DeForest Windsor Area Chamber has partnered with Madison College to offer a series of five leadership courses of professional development for our members! These educational opportunities will sharpen your leadership skills, allow you to engage and share ideas and experiences with fellow members.

Leading & Facilitating Teams
Stress Management
Situational Leadership
Difficult Conversations

More details on each course and registration information can be found on our website: HERE

WindsorFest 2023
Saturday, September 30, 2023
Windsor Community Park from 11am to 10pm

 A nod to the past, a celebration of present and look to the future
The DeForest Windsor Area Chamber, in partnership with the Village of Windsor, presents WindsorFest, an annual event that celebrates the community and the strong agricultural history of the area. It is a terrific community event to enjoy a day of free family activities, delicious food and live music! It truly is fun for the whole family. It is also a wonderful opportunity for your business or organization to show your support of the community and Chamber and receive recognition for your generosity!
Please consider the sponsorship opportunities below and have a booth!

Sponsorship Opportunities HERE

Food Vendors/ Activity & Info Booth Opportunities HERE

FFA Petting Farm
Boy Scout Troop 155 Pancake Breakfast
8am to 11am
Support our Local Non-Profit Food Vendors
WMC Business Day
Thursday, October 19th
9:00am to 2:30pm
Business Day in Madison will take place on Thursday, October 19, 2023 at the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center. This event brings business leaders from all over the state together to discuss important issues facing the business community and our state. We invite you to attend what is certain to be an insightful program.

See Agenda HERE

Contact Heike if you would like to join the DeForest Windsor Area Chamber Table at Business Day!

DeForest Windsor Area Businesses
Share your Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin!

Tell us what the Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin is by nominating it in the:

The Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin Contest

Nominate by September 8th!

The Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin is back for the eighth straight year! WMC is partnering once again with Johnson Financial Group to highlight the manufacturing industry and ultimately determine what is the Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin.

You can participate in this contest right now by visiting www.madeinwis.com to nominate a company and product that's made in Wisconsin. The nomination period ends on Sept. 8 and voting will begin Sept. 18.

Timeline of Events

Aug. 16 to Sept. 8 – Nominations Accepted

Sept. 18 to Sept. 26 – Popular Vote to Determine the Field of 16

Sept. 27 – Announce the Top 16

Sept. 28 to Oct. 3 – 1st Round of the Bracket

Oct. 4 – Announce the Top 8

Oct. 5 to Oct. 10– 2nd Round of the Bracket

Oct. 11 – Announce Top 4

Oct. 12 to Oct. 19 – Final Round

Oct. 19 – Winner Announced (Business Day, Monona Terrace)
Member News & Events
Time to VOTE for your Favorites!
September 1st - 24th
Summer Music at Branch + Daughter
Friday, September 1st from 5:00-8:00pm
Stop down to Branch + Daughter on Friday, September 1st from 5pm to 8pm to enjoy live music by Justin Raudebush, 
Featured Cocktails
Yard Games
Kid friendly
Dogs welcome
Limited seating, please bring your own chairs or blanket.

K-9 Unit Fundraiser
Paws~itive Change in our Community!
Help us protect our community! We're raising funds to establish a K-9 unit for the DeForest Police Department. Every dollar counts in bringing a furry hero on board. Please consider donating today and be a part of the paw-sitive change!

DeForest Redevelopment Loan Program
The DeForest Community Development Authority partners with Settlers best Credit Union and Heartland Credit Union in exciting new funding program for downtown DeForest businesses and commercial property!

In partnership with Settlers best Credit Union and Heartland Credit Union, the CDA is providing low-interest loans and grants to help eligible applicants with exterior building improvements, structural work, building systems components and more.

Read More about it HERE

The DeForest Area Historical Society
is Cleaning up the Depot!
The DeForest Area Historical Society is organizing the Depot to create another site to visit and see the history of the Depot and how important it was in the growth of DeForest!

Assistance is needed in moving some of the large historical pieces and setting up the Depot as part of a walking tour from the Library, to the Lyster House, to the Depot to the Hanson-Bennett-Newell Museum.

If you are interested in helping, please contact DAHS President, Louise Valdovinos

DeForest Farmers' Market
Tuesdays from 3:30-6:30pm until October 17th!
between Village Hall & Fireman's Park

Supporting markets provides a platform for our local farmers and producers to sell their fresh, seasonal produce and products directly to customers.
Typically, produce is harvested shortly before being sold, ensuring its freshness and nutritional value.
A Farmers Market creates a sense of community by bringing people together.
Cultural diversity, farmers markets often showcase products from different cultural backgrounds, promoting diversity in food choices and culinary experience.
DeForest Police Department Public Safety Night
Tuesday, September 12th from 5:00-7:00pm
The DeForest Police Department will be hosting it's 13th DeForest Public Safety Family Fun Night. The event will take place at DeForest Fireman's Park on Tuesday, September 12th, 2023 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. This event will be held in conjunction with the DeForest Farmers Market.
DeForest Public Safety Family Fun Night is an opportunity for the DeForest community to promote police-community partnerships, crime prevention, and neighborhood camaraderie.
This year’s festivities will include free food (while supplies last), raffle prizes, crime prevention information, children’s games/activities, and other exhibits from the DeForest Police Department. This event will include participation from the DeForest Police Department, DeForest Windsor Fire Department and EMS, and other local law enforcement agencies.
Citizens will be able to tour squad cars, fire apparatus, and ambulances. Visitors will also have a chance to meet and talk with Officers, Firefighters, and EMTS.
Get the kids out from in front of the TV and bring your family for a night of FREE family fun, food, and safety!
The DeForest Police Department is accepting donations for this family event for food and prizes. Please contact Sergeant Shawn Schaefer at the DeForest Police Department if interested in making a monetary or raffle prize donation.

DeForest Area Public Library Fall Harvest Festival
Saturday, September 16th, from 10am to 12pm
Celebrate the arrival of autumn with an outdoor festival at the Library. Join us for a special story time at 10:30, polka on the patio, crafts for kids and adults, treats, games, juggling, music, and even a farm animal petting zoo. Plus you're encouraged to visit the Friends of the DAPL's Fall Book Sale in the Library's Lower Level.
MBE CPA's Free Leadership Summit on Tuesday, September 19th
at the Crystal Grand Music Theatre in Wisconsin Dells
Two Sessions available:
AM Session from 8am to 11am or PM Session 12pm to 3pm
Keynote Speaker : Alex Dorr
Join us at Crystal Grand Music Theater in Wisconsin Dells on Tuesday, September 19th for a transformative event to empower professionals, strengthen our community, and inspire personal growth. We are delighted to announce that our keynote speaker for this year’s summit is the renowned Alex Dorr, a thought leader in professional development and mental progression.

At MBE CPAs, we believe in the power of investing in our community and helping individuals thrive both personally and professionally. That’s why Tim Moy, Managing Partner, is inviting the public to attend this extraordinary event. Tim’s vision is to foster a community that encourages individuals to develop themselves, embrace new opportunities, and contribute to the growth of our region. 

More Information: HERE

Brews & Bites: Thursday, September 21st from 5:30-8:30pm
Crosstown Drive performing at Fireman's Park, DeForest
Join DeForest Parks and Recreation for Brews and Bites! An evening of live family-friendly musical entertainment, yard games, and more at Fireman's Park. Food/Beverages available for purchase. Bring lawn chairs and blankets.
If there is bad weather, please follow our social media pages (Facebook and Instagram) along with the Facebook Event for up-to-date information on the status of the event.
Entertainment: Crosstown Drive

Friends of the Yahara River Headwaters
Fall River Clean Up
Saturday, September 23rd from 10am -1pm
The Friends of the Yahara River Headwaters is holding our annual Fall river clean-up on 9.23.23 at 10:00am. Please join us in cleaning the river by getting in the water to help out for a few hours. Waders will be provided if you don't have your own. We will break down into multiple crews and clean selected portions of our river. The more people that come the more we can clean and the healthier our river will be. Its great fun, conservation, and conversation! Refreshments are provided!
Saturday, November 4th, 2023
Framework for Our Future 3.5
Visit our Community Websites for more
Information & Upcoming Events
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Have one to offer? Contact Heike
Keeping the Connection Sponsor
Thank you to TDS Telecom for sponsoring small businesses in our communities to continue membership in the DeForest Windsor Area Chamber of Commerce!
We are so grateful for your Keeping the Connection sponsorship in 2021,2022 and 2023!
If you know of a small business that would like to join the Chamber but cannot afford to at this time, please contact Heike
Signature Sponsors